Miku | Winterlicious 2017
2017 marks Miku's first foray into the Toronto Winterlicious scene which makes us wonder why they didn't step in sooner. At $48 for a three course dinner, Miku resides on the higher end of the Winterlicious scale but after leaving satisfied, we'd say it's worth it. With an airy, open dining space surrounded by hand-painted Japanese murals, there are a variety of seating options depending on your needs.
We started off with the Signature Aburi Sushi Selection, which you'll notice is not represented pictorially as it was devoured mere seconds after it was placed on our table. It was made up of 6 rolls – salmon oshi, ebi oshi, coal harbour, red wave, and aburi nigiri – each with their own distinct flavour. Miku is known for their Aburi, or pressed sushi that's seared with a blowtorch, and for good reason. Some rolls were spicy, some smokey, but all were tender, delicious, and whet our appetite for more.
For our main, we opted for the Kyoto Saikyo Miso Baked Sable Fish and Yuzu Butter Poached Half Atlantic Lobster Tail. It was pretty much a no-brainer after our waiter informed us that the Sable Fish is one of Miku's most popular mains, just enhanced with a Lobster Tail for Winterlicious. It was served with tuscan kale, root vegetables, cauliflower fritter, eggplant purée, quinoa, wasabi chimichurri, and tomato chutney. Each of these elements was paired with their accompanying protein, which were all perfectly cooked. The Sable Fish was sweet and flaky while the Lobster Tail was tender and succulent, and the entire dish was excellently balanced.
To finished, we had the Green Tea Opera , a pastry that takes three days to make due to the delicate layering of different cakes and creams. Made up of green tea genoise sponge, matcha butter cream, dark chocolate ganache, adzuki bean cream, and hazelnut wafer, the cake was light and spongey, and truly an opera of green tea flavour made of different textures, sweetness, and richness that resulted in a cohesive and satisfying end to our meal.
At $48, Miku's Winterlicious price point matches the hype that has followed from its very hyped Vancouver location and safe to say, they live up to it. With attention to detail that's shown in their presentation and impeccable service, we'd be willing to make the bold claim that Miku ranks up there as one of Toronto's best sushi restaurants.